Obssessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Do you have OCD?

Although some level of “perfectionism” is normal to virtually all of us, in the main it does not adversely affect our

There is a cyclical pattern to OCD behaviour

There is a cyclical pattern to OCD behaviour

lives the way OCD can. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is defined as an anxiety disorder and somewhere around 2% of all individuals are afflicted with this psychological condition.

Checking home appliances, ensuring doors and windows are locked multiple times until they are secure in their minds that it is done and this behaviour is really common place for the obsessive compulsive disorder sufferer. Checking the cooker, gas fire, washing machine, windows and doors might have to be done as many as 20 times or even more for some obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers.

OCD behaviour patterns might include repeated cleaning of the hands, continuously rearranging the same items on a shelf, repeating prayers or ritualistic actions over and over, hoarding unnecessary items or tapping a pencil a given number of times in response to an anxiety provoking trigger.

 Differentiating between the compulsions and the obsessions

Compulsive behaviour is a deliberate activity that is done repeatedly. The behaviour would on the whole be brought on by obsessive ideas that generate high amounts of anxiety and the behaviour is started in an effort to reduce the anxiety. The compulsive actions are an attempt to relieve the anxiety created by the obsessive belief.

Hand washing is only one of the behaviours common to OCD

Hand washing is only one of the behaviours common to OCD

For example, the person may be experiencing obsessive thoughts about the safety of a family member and the panic and worry starts to escalate in their mind. They truly feel unable to shake the thought even though they know full well it’s not true. Suddenly they may come up with a behavioural solution that helps them to genuinely feel as though they are doing something to stop the outcome. In due course, a behaviour or ritual is found that gives the sufferer some degree of relief from the anxiety.

Whatever the compulsive behaviour, it frequently only offers a small amount of relief to the feelings of panic and anxiety. The behaviours, most of the time, get ever more extreme. No matter what the response, the individual is going to become trapped in a never ending cycle of behaviour from which they genuinely feel they can never escape. The mere thought about stopping the obsessive compulsive disorder behaviours can result in high degrees of anxiety.

Types of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Counter/Arranger – people might be centred on perfect symmetry and stringent order. Arranger – seeks out behaviours which give the illusion of organisation and symmetry.

Doubter – assumes that disaster is likely to occur if they do not do specific tasks in a prescribed fashion.

Accumulator – is likely to hoard any item they may genuinely feel is significant. Failure to keep the items will result in disaster.

Squirrel – This individual will keep everything in case it’s needed later. For example, they may fear that discarding a special item could lead to a problem.

The treatment of OCD with hypnosis

Hypnosis is a great way to start overcoming OCD by collapsing any underlying anxiety and elevating feelings of relaxation. At the Croydon Clinic of Hypnotherapy we will assist you in tackling the obsessive ideas and remove the urges to complete the obsessive action. We will also address the root cause of the anxiety and help you to let go of these.

Hypnosis is an effective way to take care of the extreme anxiety that OCD sufferers face, and conquering the elevated levels of anxiety and panic is a key to helping you let go of the obsessive thoughts and habits so you can regain control of you life.


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